49ers’ shopping RB LaMichael James as backfield gets crowded

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Just two and a half months ago, I said that San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James may force a trade due to his tweet. And now it seems the writing is on the wall for the third-year running back to find work elsewhere as Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows said a league source admitted to placing him on the trading block.

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When 49ers GM Trent Baalke was asked if James was on the trading block back in February, he said, “No discussions. LaMichael is a 49er. He’ll continue to be a 49er.” However, that has all changed and with James likely to be traded near or on draft day, expect the potential suitors to be plentiful as this year’s RB draft class is downright horrible, as I said:

“Although he is worth at least a third-round draft pick, I expect Baalke to possibly get a future 2015 second or third-round pick. It does the 49ers no good to trade him for another 2014 draft pick in this upcoming draft as they are already loaded with 13, making the 2015 NFL Draft a more likely scenario. A few likely suitors include the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers.” (Now they have 11 picks)

And James seems to realize the news as he tweeted:

 

With James likely gone, that may make WR Brandin Cooks their targeted player, as I have them trading up and selecting him in the first-round who has dual-threat versatility as a return-man.

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